Funding Available For Animal Welfare Groups - Creed

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, is inviting applications from animal welfare bodies for ex-gratia funding.

The Minister stated that it was important for the government to support and acknowledge the "great work" being carried out by the welfare bodies in protecting animals in need.

Making the announcement, Minister Creed said that the funding for animal welfare organisations was evidence of the Government's on-going commitment in the area of animal welfare and the important role played by animal welfare organisations in this area.

The Minister stressed that ex-gratia funding is only intended to be a contribution to the overall funding of organisations and that these organisations must provide the bulk of their funding requirements through their own fund raising initiatives. 

Minister Creed, referring to the greater focus on compliance with legislation provided for in the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 and the Dog Breeding Establishment Act, said: "There are now greater demands being placed on all animal welfare organisations than in the past. I think it is timely therefore for each organisation to reflect on its organisational model and examine whether there is scope for working closely with other organisations in its geographical area in order to maximise efficiency and strengthen capacity for rescuing and re-homing animals."

The Minister said that he and his Department would continue to work closely with animal welfare groups in the promotion of animal welfare.


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